The trend of growing your own food is on the rise, with nearly a third of Britons trying their hand at a spot of gardening. It seems as though this trend is definitely here to stay as we continue to try and outdo one another on the size of our strawberry plants. Whether you’ve only just started your allotment adventure, or you’re an absolute spud-growing pro, here’s a few reasons why you should continue to keep those thumbs green:
Explore the outside classroom and learn the ins and outs of the beautiful nature that surrounds us. Breathe in the wonderful fresh air and soak in a state of relaxation whilst you try your hand at a spot of gardening.
Growing your own food helps to improve your wellbeing and state of mind by encouraging you to release any worries or built-up stress. Find time to free your mind and boost your energy and productivity levels with some gentle outdoors activity. You’ll be feeling more refreshed in no time – both mentally and physically.
Let’s not forget the positive sense of pride you’ll soon be feeling when you see your hard work pay off. You’ll get a true feeling of accomplishment when you see something you’ve planted grow into something fresh, organic, delicious – and most importantly, edible!
It’s no surprise that if you grow your own food it will be a lot fresher. It cuts out the time-consuming efforts that supermarkets put into sourcing fruit and vegetables, and therefore reduces the time between the ground and your plate – giving you the freshest and tastiest food.
Nothing beats biting into a perfectly ripe tomato, or experiencing that flawless crunch of an apple, and growing your own gives you just that. Superior flavour, fresh tastes, and above all deliciousness!
Your garden, your control. This means you choose exactly what chemicals or pesticides are being used on your crops. It’s no secret that chemicals are used to enhance with supermarket produce, but, growing your own puts you in charge of what does and doesn’t come in contact with your crops.
With it growing in your back garden, you’re far more likely to keep up-to-date with your fruit and veg intake, so guess what? You’ll be eating healthier too! If you’ve found yourself with a bit of a recipe block, have a look at our recipe page to jazz up your fresh goodness.
Fresh air in your lungs and fresh food on your plate, you may think that that they’re the primary benefits, but you might be forgetting about the biggie: the environment!
You may think your cropping adventure is only beneficial to your personal health, but it could also have a significant impact on the environment’s health too. By immersing yourself in growing your own food, you are actively taking steps to reduce your own carbon footprint. Your home grown goods help to lower transportation emissions, food-production levels, and the amount of chemicals entering nature’s soil. In turn, this helps to minimise water and air pollution, and also lower the output of carbon monoxide. And don’t forget that buying fewer store-bought products means less package-waste produced. All in all, not only are you getting delicious treats on your plate, you’re also treating the environment too.
It doesn’t stop there! In 2015 the UK sent 7.3 million tonnes of food waste to landfills – that’s a lot of food to throw away. It was so much that it sent the UK to the top of the EU food-waste chart.
By growing your own food, you’ll significantly help to cut down on food waste, because you’ll be much more reluctant to throw something away that you’ve worked hard to grow and produce. Our attitudes change when it comes to our home-grown foods, because it’s much easier to throw away something you picked up from the shop than it is to chuck out something you grew yourself.
There you have it, the three Fs of growing your own food. Time to get your crop on and get those gardening gloves at the ready. Don’t forget to let us know how you get on. Send us a snap of your latest home-grown plum, or tweet us @BritanniaLiving if you need any tips to get those strawberries bigger.